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The Swine Flu Shot and My Kids

by Cynthia Dermody on October 6, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Swine Flu Guide

swine flu newsI'm still undecided about getting my kids vaccinated against the Swine Flu, but as I was scheduling my daughter's annual physical the other day, I decided to ask the nurse what our pediatrician's office recommended.

She said it's still too early to tell. They don't even have it yet, don't know when or if they will, or who will get it. For right now, she's only advising and scheduling for the regular flu shot.

Well, at least that gives me more time to deliberate on this very important topic. Because like you the Daily Buzz bloggers have lots of questions and concerns regarding ourselves and our own kids, we've been following this topic closely in our Swine Flu Guide.

The New York Times was able to answer a few questions about availability of the vaccine, which health professionals began distributing to the general public on Monday. A pediatric nurse in Memphis, a mom of two small children who also cares for babies, was the first person to get the swine flu vaccine.

Where will the vaccinations be done?

 Each state will be different. Many will offer them to schoolchildren first, then to the public at schools, public health centers or other locations. Some will direct vaccine to pharmacy chains, doctors, employers and elsewhere. As more vaccine arrives, health departments are expected to post Web pages allowing a user to type in a ZIP code and find the nearest place offering vaccine. The website will have links to those pages.

How many doses are necessary?

 Only children under 9 will need two doses. If they have had previous flu shots, their pediatricians may decide only one is needed.

Can I get both the regular flu and swine flu vaccinations at the same time?

 Yes, if they are given by needle. You should not get both the nasal spray forms at the same time.

Find out who will be give top priority for the Swine Flu shot in our Swine Flu Guide.


Have you or your kids had the Swine Flu shot yet? Please tell me all about it!


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Filed Under: health, safety, swine flu


  • auror...


    October 6, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Okay I have to ask...what is up with all of the swine flu posts?  It is the topic of almost every article in every DB column it seems....I understand it's very current news and controversial but this is bordering on overkill.  Hope I'm not being rude just my 2 cents. 

  • Cafe...

    Cafe Cynthia

    October 6, 2009 at 5:08 PM

    Hi aurorabunny, you are right, we are covering it a lot and you'll likely see more as part of our Swine Flu Guide. We understand it might not be everyone's interest, but it is important to some CafeMoms, and it's in the news, of course. But feel free to just skip over these in your reading if you want to ... you won't hurt our feelings! :)

  • auror...


    October 6, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    Oh I don't mind reading them...just wondering why there was so much of it, wondering if there was any specific reason or purpose behind it.  Thanks!

  • Lynette


    October 6, 2009 at 6:25 PM

    it's made the same way as the reg flu shot, same ingredients, different virus. It's not tested. Powers that be are banking on it being safe because it has the same formulation as the reg flu shot. Is this a good assumption? we don't know. But knowing how it's made made me feel better about it if we decide to get it. we r still undecided.  here is a link that goes into detail about the Four Swine Flu Vaccines Approved by FDA.
    also wanted to share this vax has nothing to do w/ the 1976 swine flu vax(that one was not safe), the current H1N1 shot has all different ingredients

  • kl08


    October 7, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    I like reading about it and what people have to say.  I mean I want my kids safe, but it's sooo new, I just don't know what to do with it!  Keep the comments coming.

  • motro...


    October 7, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    Is it new?  My understanding is that the vaccine came out in 2007 well before the outbreak.

    As someone suffering from heavy metal poisoning and an autoimmune disorder mainly caused by a severe reaction to medication, I refuse to get my daughter vaccinated.

    I understand that it may be a risk, but if there's an outbreak, we'll take CBN's advice and stay home.  Those shots are full of heavy metals, think about it.

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